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The Sleepy Eye YES (Youth Energy Summit team) was awarded the Grand Prize along with $1,500 for their efforts this past year in helping our community save energy. The team also took top honor in two categories including Creativity & Innovation and Community Involvement. These awards brings with it $500 each.
These awards are sponsored by, Southwest Initiative Foundation, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and AgStar.
“Your team set an unprecedented bar, not only for a first-year team, but for the YES! region as a whole,” Program Specialisty Becca Bell told the team. “Judges were impressed by your enthusiasm for projects from the very beginning of the season to the creativity and collaboration you demonstrated towards the end.”
The Southwest Initiative Foundation is a regional community foundation dedicated to advancing southwest Minnesota through leadership, relationship-building, program development and philanthropy. The Foundation has contributed more than $54 million through its grant and loan programs in southwest Minnesota. It has also helped more than 525 businesses start or expand through its business finance programs, which has created or retained more than 8,000 jobs. To learn more, visit www.swifoundation.org.
YouthEnergySummit(YES!) empowers youth to partner with their community to create economic and environmental vitality through hands-on learning and team-based projects. For more information, visit www.youthenergysummit.org.
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